Thousands of Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn Vehicles Recalled Due to Risk of Fire

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) ( General Motors Corporation (GM) has issued a recall for nearly 41,000 vehicles that are at risk for potential engine fires, with a chance of more to follow.

General Motors issued the recall after alerts from dealers and the NHTSA regarding a high number of warranty claims. After an investigation, GM discovered that in some cases, a fuel pump module can become cracked. This poses a danger of fire in the case of any fuel leak, should the fuel come into contact with an ignition source.

chevrolet cobaltIn a letter to the NHTSA, GM outlined the years and models which were potentially affected by the problem. At this time, a recall has been issued for the model year 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion. The NHTSA announced the recall and clarified its concerns that a fire could ignite if the fuel pump module becomes cracked. Parts of the pump assembly are made of plastic which can develop cracks and lead to a fuel leak.

If the crack is particularly large, consumers may actually observe the fuel leak or may notice a decrease in engine performance. In its letter to the NHTSA GM also stated that, “The customer may notice a fuel odor while the vehicle is being driven or after it is parked.” Should leaking fuel come into contact with any ignition source, this could lead to a fire.

The NHTSA reports that the recall could end up affecting over 69,000 vehicles but at this time only the named vehicles are affected. Listed in its letter to the NHTSA are also 2008-2009 Cobalt, 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, 2008-2009 Pontiac G5 and 2007 Pontiac Torrent. An investigation is ongoing for all potentially affected vehicles.

Included in this recall are some model year 2006 Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion automobiles which were originally sold or are currently registered in Arizona and Nevada, as well as model year 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion vehicles sold in or currently registered in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada and Texas. The recall has focused on these states since GM has suggested that the problem is exacerbated in certain hot weather areas of the country.

Consumers affected by the recall should contact their GM dealer. Dealers have been instructed to replace the fuel pump module free of charge. For more information, and the latest updates, consumers are urged to contact their GM dealer.